Madok Sagar, one of the seven lakes that supply water to Mumbai
MUMBAI: With moderate to light showers over the past two days, the Santacruz observatory has received 1,023.7 mm rainfall this month and the average level in the city’s seven lakes is nearing 94% of their total supply capacity as of Sunday morning. The BMC will withdraw the remaining 10% of the water cut in a day or two once the level crosses 95%.
Four of the seven lakes are overflowing while one of the remaining three—Bhatsa—that caters to half of the city’s total water requirements crossed the 94%-mark on Sunday. Additional municipal commissioner P Velrasu said, “After we reach 95%, we will consider full removal of the water cut.”
While the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued an orange alert — heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places — for the city on Friday and Saturday, the Santacruz observatory recorded 64.7 mm rainfall in the 24 hours ending 8.30 am Saturday and 14.2 mm rainfall in the 24 hours ending Sunday morning. IMD classifies rainfall between 15.6mm and 64.4mm as moderate. There is a green alert —light to moderate rain — for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar for the rest of the week until Thursday.
The two lakes—Tulsi and Vehar—situated in the city limits were the first to overflow. The remaining five lakes are outside the city limits. The catchment areas of these five lakes did not receive good rainfall in June-July. Till August 4, the total water stock in the lakes was only 35% of their supply capacity. This situation forced the BMC to implement 20% water cut in the city from August 5. However, the catchment areas subsequently received good rainfall and, within three weeks, the lakes levels considerably went up.
Last week, the BMC reduced the water cut from 20% to 10% after lakes level crossed 90%.